Research Fellow in Gas Turbine Technology

Cranfield, Bedford
£32,656 to £33,553 per annum
Dec 18, 2018
End of advertisement period
Jan 31, 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Organisation    Cranfield University
School/Department    School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing
Based at    Cranfield Campus, Cranfield, Bedfordshire
Hours of work    37 hours per week
Contract Type   Fixed term contract
Fixed Term Period    3 years
Salary    £32,656 to £33,553 per annum
Apply by     31/01/2019

Role Description
Cranfield is an exclusively postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.  The School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing (SATM) is a leading provider of postgraduate level engineering education, research and technology support to individuals and organisations. At the forefront of aerospace technology for over 60 years, the School delivers multi-disciplinary solutions to the complex challenges facing the aviation industry.

The Centre for Propulsion Engineering, within SATM at Cranfield, has a strong track record in power plant modelling and performance simulation research. Research activities in the past 50 years, on gas turbine applications in power and propulsion, cover virtually every aspect of the field, such as steady-state and transient performance simulation, diagnostics, novel cycles, engine control, advanced simulation methods and integration. Propulsion Engineering Centre staff also run a large and extremely successful international activity embracing applied research, industrial short courses and leading MSc and PhD programmes.

The Centre for Propulsion is also host to the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre (UTC) for Aero Systems Design, Integration & Performance, testimony of the Centre’s global visibility and extensive links with industry. The Research Fellow position advertised will support the Rolls-Royce UTC, within the Centre for Propulsion Engineering (Gas Turbine Engineering Group). The UTC is placed between academia and industry and carries out research with a strong scientific and industrial relevance. The core competence of the UTC is its ability to undertake detailed modelling studies and performance simulations involving aero-thermal, multi-disciplinary models to improve and extend our understanding of power plant, aircraft and related systems’ integrated performance within, but also at the edges, of the operating envelope. There is also a large experimental activity supported by Rolls-Royce.

The UTC is the cornerstone of Cranfield’s relationship with a very important external partner, Rolls-Royce plc. It currently enrols more than 6 Senior Academics (at Professorial and Senior Lecturer level), 5 Lecturers, 15 Research Fellows, 15 PhD students and 40 MSc students from the Thermal Power MSc course (numbers can vary annually depending on project needs and overall research commitments). The UTC also acts as a ‘pillar’ to the new Aerospace Integration Research Centre (AIRC) at Cranfield (a £35M partnership between Rolls-Royce, AIRBUS, HEFCE and Cranfield) and SATM as a whole.

The position advertised is for a skilled researcher in gas turbine technology, to act within the Rolls-Royce UTC as a Research Fellow over 3 years, full-time. This post-doc appointment will support directly research at Cranfield, postgraduate PhD and taught MSc programmes, short course teaching, as well as student supervision. This position will have a direct impact on the growing research and educational activities in gas turbine propulsion and will help with the existing general workload within the Centre for Propulsion. The School and the University have the strategic objective of retaining and expanding their internationally prestigious position in gas turbine research and education. We are now facing the best propulsion opportunities in the last three decades in terms of research funding.

Candidates are expected to hold a PhD degree (or close to completion) in a field relevant to gas turbine technology, have experience in a competitive research or industrial environment, and have experience in project management.

For an informal discussion, please contact Prof Vassilios Pachidis, Professor of Propulsion Integration Engineering, on (T); +44 (0)1234 75 4663 or (E); 

At Cranfield, we value Diversity and Inclusion, and aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together harmoniously with dignity and respect and realise their full potential. We actively consider flexible working options such as part-time, compressed or flexible hours and/or an element of homeworking, and commit to exploring the possibilities for each role.